Great Basin Brewing Co.

Great Basin Brewing Co.Great Basin Brewing Co.
Great Basin Brewing Co.Great Basin Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

846 Victorian Ave
Sparks, Nevada, 89431-5275
United States

(775) 355-7711 | map
greatbasinbrewingco.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.74
Beers:
47
Reviews:
149
Ratings:
571
PLACE STATS
Average:
3.95
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
49
pDev:
15.95%
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Reviews by Beerandraiderfan:
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

Located in Victorian Square, across from the Nugget. This place's atmosphere can really depend on the event going on outside. Sometimes when its rib cook off, farmer's market, a-hole biker vibrations, hot august nights, it will definitely be a non craft beer crowd.

But then sometimes its a cool evening of bands and a variety of beers. Its not some Mecca type of brewery where you will be driving 500 miles to check it out, world renowned etc. . . but it is the best thing in Sparks hands down. This place is an institution, while many knock it and dream of migrating from homebrewing in their garage or whatnot, this is the place that has made it happen. A rotating specialty list is really the draw here. You can pretty much get their flagship Ichy IPA, which owes more to English IPA's than west coast, just about anywhere.

But if you wanna check out their high gravity beers, the taphouse is where its at. Big open area with tons of wood all over the place. Really nothing atmosphere wise you haven't seen elsewhere in a brewery/bar scene. Bartenders don't seem to have the greatest amount of enthusiasm or knowledge. They will cater to the bar scene more than the craft beer scene when faced with a choice on a busy night.

Oct 24, 2010
More User Reviews:
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RPV18 from Nevada

1/5  rDev -74.7%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

1.0 star rating
12/18/2018

We have lived in the Reno-Sparks area for 20 years and USED TO frequent both locations at least once a week. We bought a "growler" bottle, which they charge you for, with the intent to refill it at intervals with their brews. Unfortunately, they only allow you to fill it with their regular brews, which you can buy cheaper at any supermarket (e.g. "Icky", which is appropriately named, or their "Wild Horse Ale"). In the spring I wanted to fill it with the Chile Beso beer, but was told it was a 'limited' brewing. Just today I went in to fill it with the Christmas Wassail, but was told the same - they wouldn't fill it. The waitress even checked with the brewer, Tom, but he informed her we could have it filled but would have to pay the same price as if we bought it in the bottles! I asked her why they bothered to sell the growlers then, but the poor waitress just said that they could only do what Tom allowed. I think Tom has gotten a little too big for his britches. We'll be going to Mello Fellow from now on. They fill THEIR growlers with anything they carry on tap.

Dec 18, 2018
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Rubezahl from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Jul 11, 2018
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Frank_TX from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Mar 10, 2018
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Bum4ever from California

4.03/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

This place had the feel of somewhere that has a bunch of regulars. They had a decent selection of beer and they were pretty good, but nothing spectacular. I really enjoyed the food.

Jun 29, 2017
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ShortyTahoe from California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Apr 30, 2017
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Sinhoptra from Nevada

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Sep 23, 2016
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RBassSFHOPit2ME from California

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Jul 23, 2016
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Bryan12345 from Texas

5/5  rDev +26.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

(Sparks location) I don't know how a brewery / brewpub could get much better. Beers are fantastic, food is excellent, and the service is superb, especially the perky bartendress - she's a riot. Quality, quality place.

Jun 09, 2016
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LXIXME from New Mexico

4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

May 03, 2016
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Rockjocknroll from California

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great staff, great food, awesome beers. Only wish the special offerings on the website were current. Best brewery in Nevada.

Apr 09, 2016
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Smak_Hermann from Idaho

4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Apr 08, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.19/5  rDev -19.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Place is an institution in Reno. Not really a destination place for a brewery, but if you're stuck in the area, head on over. Quality of the beer is average, there's some good stuff, especially the barrel aged ones, but nothing out of the ordinary. I still can't figure out how Icky is so loved, its a total meh beer.

Service is decent, selection is deep, about a dozen beers, usually something I've never had here. Food is standard pub fare.

Nov 27, 2015
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RyanK252 from California

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Stopped in at the Reno location on a Saturday evening after the air races. Staff was very friendly and accommodating even though it was pretty busy. There were beer and food options aplenty to satisfy just about any taste imaginable. We left full and happy. I'll be looking for an excuse to return.

Sep 24, 2015
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raiderandbeerfan from Nevada

3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Located in shithole Sparks, NV, which is right next to shithole Reno, NV. Now if you're looking for skanks, this place often has them. Depending on the event going on outside, you'll see a different crowd at this place. Rib cook off, farmer's meat/meet market, street vibrations, balloon and air races etc. . . . or you could just have the normal day where underqualified wanna be nurses from Renown are meeting up with Tindr and Zoosk "dates". Either way, the patronage is usually less than to be desired, but at times unintentionally hilarious.

The quality here is pretty run of the mill. I will say, their barrel aged and stout/barleywine offerings are the shit. Their flagship ipa is as east coast of an ipa calling itself west coast gets.

Sep 22, 2015
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mjstern70 from California

5/5  rDev +26.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I love this place. A brewpub with great beers, great food. A wonderful oasis in the high desert.

May 21, 2015
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mmilyko from Nevada

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Mar 01, 2015
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Joe1224

4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Feb 21, 2015
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misternebbie from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Feb 07, 2015
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xdvop86 from Nevada

4.78/5  rDev +21%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Great place to grab a bite to eat and a great selection of locally brewed beers. A must visit while in the Reno area. They now have two locations. One in Sparks and one in Reno.

Jan 08, 2015
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largadeer from California

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Dec 24, 2014
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T_type231 from California

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Oct 24, 2014
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TwoBeers from Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Jul 19, 2014
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MFauver35 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Jun 16, 2014
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BobbySue22 from Oregon

4/5  rDev +1.3%

May 20, 2014
Great Basin Brewing Co. in Sparks, NV
Brewery rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 571 ratings